This Level 3 apprenticeship is for individuals who have a sound base of knowledge and experience and are seeking to develop a more senior and managerial role within the equine industry.
They must follow safe working practices and have the dedication, commitment and motivation to upskill their knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a professional senior equine groom.
The senior equine groom apprentice will need to decide which sector of the industry they wish to progress to and select the appropriate occupational route.
Length of programme
Typically 18 months – 2 years (though it can be completed in a minimum of 12 months to the final Gateway)
The apprentice will follow a training programme to complete the requirements and meet the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for them to be fully competent:
The qualification consists of:
7 Core Knowledge and Skills units
5 Core Behaviour units
1 Chosen Occupational Route unit:
Learning will take place in a variety of ways, which could include workplace training, formal courses, work shadowing, industrial visits, research, self-study, attendance at College for classroom/workshop activities and time spent completing assignments set by the assessor.
The apprentice will undertake their end-point assessment when the employer, training provider and apprentice all consider that they are ready to do so. This stage of the apprenticeship is known as the Gateway. This stage of the apprenticeship will not be reached until the apprentice has completed at least 12-18 months on the programme.
The end-point assessment will be carried out by an independent assessor and will be made up of a multiple choice Knowledge Test (minimum pass grade 70% in order to proceed), Practical Observation (5 hours), and a Professional Discussion informed by a completed portfolio.
End-point Assessment Gradings
This qualification is graded Fail, Pass or Distinction.
Before taking the end-point assessment, apprentices must have achieved the test for Level 2 English and Maths (equivalent to GCSE grades A* to C/9-4)
You will need adequate and appropriate PPE.
Derby College student Emma Whay has ridden since childhood but never imagined she’d be starting a foundation degree in equine studies in her thirties.
Although always passionate about horses, Emma, now 34, trained as a hairdresser immediately after leaving school at 15 and hadn’t planned on an academic career.
Years later though, she started to see learning through her two children’s eyes, and, as they got older, felt she’d missed a chunk of her education by leaving school so young.
And the opportunity to put that right came when she started going to watch her elder son compete in equestrian events at Broomfield Hall.
She said: “It was through going to Broomfield with him that I saw how lovely the equine facilities were and how well run everything was. So, I decided to contact Derby College about equine courses but was concerned that not being able to commit to five days a week on site, and not having had an academic education, might limit my options. I needn’t have worried though. The staff were so supportive and some of my studying can be flexible.”
Because of her life experience and lifelong knowledge of horses, it was agreed Emma didn’t need to attend campus every day – giving her chance to continue her hairdressing business (when pandemic rules allow) and be there for her two boys, aged seven and 11.
She added: “We’ve been learning remotely because of lockdown but the tutors have still made learning interesting and we still feel supported. College is also supporting me to complete my maths GCSE. When we’re able to do so, we spend as much time as possible at Broomfield, which I love.”
Emma, who is considering a career in tutoring, horse nutrition or equine physio once she’s got her top-up degree, has her own horse, 19-year-old Venus.
Emma added: “I’ve taken Venus into Broomfield a few times, which is brilliant. There are not many courses where you can take your horse to college! Venus is on a livery yard not far from my home and I’m able to gain work experience with the yard owner, who supports my ongoing education.”
It was through going to Broomfield with him that I saw how lovely the equine facilities were and how well run everything was. So, I decided to contact Derby College about equine courses but was concerned that not being able to commit to five days a week on site, and not having had an academic education, might limit my options. I needn’t have worried though. The staff were so supportive and some of my studying can be flexible.